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Console Manuals: Bally Astrocade

The Astrocade is a second generation video game console and simple computer system designed by a team at Midway, the videogame division of Bally. It was marketed only for a limited time before Bally decided to exit the market. The rights were later picked up by a third-party company, who re-released it and sold it until around 1983. The Astrocade is particularly notable for its very powerful graphics capabilities for the time of release, and for the difficulty in accessing those capabilities.

Originally referred to as the Bally Home Library Computer, it was released in 1977 but available only through mail order. Delays in the production meant none of the units actually shipped until 1978, and by this time the machine had been renamed the Bally Professional Arcade. In this form it sold mostly at computer stores and had little retail exposure (unlike the Atari VCS). In 1979 Bally grew less interested in the arcade market and decided to sell off their Consumer Products Division, including development and production of the game console.

At about the same time a 3rd party group had been unsuccessfully attempting to bring their own console design to market as the Astrovision. A corporate buyer from Montgomery Ward who was in charge of the Bally system put the two groups in contact, and a deal was eventually arranged. In 1981 they re-released the unit with the BASIC cartridge included for free, this time known as the Bally Computer System, and then changed the name again in 1982 to Astrocade. It sold under this name until the video game crash of 1983, and then disappeared around 1985.

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TOPIC
hand control 23
game 16
trigger 15
bally 10
player 10
busch 9
enter 9
arcade 8
hand controls 8
keypad 8
points 8
remote game 8
knob 7
videocade 7
ball 6
professional 6
professional arcade 6
score 6
antenna 5
controls 5
enemy 5
press 5
ships 5
switch 5
bally professional 4
joystick 4
ship 4
team 4
alien 3
bally basic 3
bases 3
color 3
control 3
control functions 3
figure 3
fine tuning 3
game choose 3
game selection 3
hand 3
left side 3
maze 3
ohm 3
point bonus 3
race 3
switch box 3
vhf antenna 3
adapter 2
alien ships 2
aliens 2
amazing 2
anticipatory 2
balloons 2
baron 2
base 2
baseball 2
bat 2
battle 2
bonus 2
brickyard 2
bumpers 2
cans 2
cards 2
center 2
checkmate 2
clowns 2
coaxial cable 2
consequential 2
cursor 2
diving 2
dodgem 2
dog 2
dog patch 2
drop targets 2
flipper 2
flippers 2
galactic 2
galactic invasion 2
handball 2
invasion 2
kicker 2
kicker targets 2
offense 2
ohm antenna 2
panzer 2
panzer attack 2
patch 2
play 2
players 2
playing 2
points bumpers 2
product 2
pull 2
purchaser 2
race time 2
rack 2
red baron 2
reset button 2
screen 2
series number 2
space 2
speedometer 2
targets 2
treasure 2
twin lead 2
upper kicker 2
vhf terminals 2
video tape 2
warrantor 2
warranty 2
yellow team 2
zzzap 2
acey 1
acey deucey 1
adapter switch 1
amazing maze 1
array 1
artillery 1
artillery duel 1
asteroids 1
astro 1
astro battle 1
astrocade 1
astrocade pinball 1
attack 1
awarded 1
background color 1
backward 1
ball hits 1
balloon 1
bally arcade 1
bally hlc 1
bally pin 1
barrel 1
barrel angle 1
bayo 1
bet 1
biorhythm 1
births 1
black jack 1
blue square 1
blue team 1
bombs 1
bonus energy 1
bonus points 1
bricks 1
button 1
cade 1
captain 1
card move 1
cell 1
cells 1
chalices 1
chart 1
chase 1
clown 1
colored 1
complete screen 1
computer 1
computer prints 1
conquering 1
conqueror 1
control panel 1
cornerbacks 1
correctly 1
cosmic 1
cosmic raiders 1
counter 1
cove 1
crossbones 1
crosswords 1
deadly 1
defense 1
demolition 1
demolition derby 1
derby 1
deucey 1
diver 1
doubloons 1
droids 1
duel 1
enemy fighters 1
enemy star 1
energy 1
energy star 1
energy stars 1
entering 1
favorite 1
fighter 1
fighter fighter 1
fighters 1
figures 1
fire 1
forcefields 1
fortress 1
generation 1
generation counter 1
gold 1
gold doubloons 1
goto 1
grand 1
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Topic: manual
Bally Astrocade Manual: Bally BASIC (1981)(Bally)[6004]
Topics: program, computer, print, color, goto, enter, screen, bally, array, input, background color, switch...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Bally Professional Arcade Owner's Manual (1981)(Astrovision)
Topics: arcade, bally, switch, knob, keypad, hand, antenna, control, ohm, trigger, hand controls, main...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Bally Professional Arcade Owner's Manual (1977)(Bally)
Topics: arcade, bally, adapter, keypad, switch, press, antenna, color, enter, game, coaxial cable, bally...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Amazing Maze + Tic-Tac-Toe (1981)(Bally)[5001]
Topics: maze, arcade, professional, enter, player, cursor, entering, controls, amazing, trigger,...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Pirate's Chase (1981)(Astrovision)[2015]
Topics: treasure, doubloons, screen, gold, chase, chalices, scoop, points, priceless, crossbones, screen...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Galactic Invasion (1981)(Astrovision)[a][2011]
Topics: galactic, alien, diving, invasion, base, busch, aliens, ships, rack, bases, galactic invasion,...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Letter Match + Spell n Score + Crosswords (1981)(Astrovision)[4002]
Topics: letter, knob, trigger, crosswords, randomly, letters, game, score, pressing, match, game choose,...
Bally Astrocade Cartridge #2017. Challenge the Incredible Wizard and his creatures in their own environment: treacherous dungeons! Slip through the magic door to the other end of the dungeon, but prevent the super monster from escaping through it. Shoot the Incredible Wizard and experience the tremor of the entire dungeon as his magic wavers. Become a Worlord and play Worlord Dungeons - even go all the way to the PIT. Fantastic sounds and bonus plays make the Incredible Wizard just like coin-op...
Topics: wizard, player, worluk, maze, incredible, worlord, shoot, thorwor, monster, shooting, incredible...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Red Baron + Panzer Attack (1981)(Bally)[2003]
Topics: panzer, baron, arcade, professional, enter, play, push, bally, red baron, videocade, professional...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Brickyard + Clowns (1981)(Bally)[2004]
Topics: brickyard, clowns, balloons, ball, bonus, videocade, professional, balloon, keypad, cade, point...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Tornado Baseball + Tennis + Hockey + Handball (1981)(Astrovision)[3001]
Topics: trigger, player, game, knob, control, hand, ball, puck, center, moves, reset button, joystick...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Bally Professional Arcade - Fun and Brains (1978)(Bally)[a]
Topics: bally, arcade, professional, keypad, antenna, game, knob, switch, checkmate, ohm, series number,...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Blackjack + Poker + Acey-Duecy (1981)(Bally)[5002]
Topics: acey, trigger, player, cards, arcade, players, press, deucey, videocade, joy, hand control, acey...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Cosmic Raider (1982)(Astrovision)[2019]
Topics: energy, fighters, bombs, raiders, points, enemy, bonus, cosmic, ships, fighter, panel tells,...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Bally Home Library Computer Owner's Manual (1977)(Bally)
Topics: bally, hlc, adapter, keypad, press, figure, videocade, color, switch, antenna, hand controls,...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Treasure Cove (1982)(Spectrecade)
Topics: treasure, cove, spectre, bayo, deadly, score, matta, captain, squeeze, diver, treasure cove
Bally Astrocade Manual: Solor Conqueror (1982)(Astrovision)[2018]
Topics: solar, planet, conqueror, player, ship, conquering, asteroids, ships, planets, missiles, solar...
Bally Astrocade Manual: 280 Zzzap + Dodgem (1981)(Bally)[2001]
Topics: dodgem, bally, keypad, race, steers, speedometer, zzzap, mileage, race time, television
Bally Astrocade Manual: Baseball + Tennis + Hockey + Handball (1981)(Bally)[3001]
Topics: baseball, controls, team, videocade, player, press, bat, handball, figures, figure
Bally Astrocade Manual: Biorhythm (1981)(Astrovision)[4004]
Topics: biorhythm, trigger, joystick, chart, busch, left, mpe, enter, starting, backward, hand control
Bally Astrocade Manual: Blast Droids (1983)(Esoterica)
Topics: lesson, sector, droids, maneuvering, space, joystick, ship, intergalactic, forcefields, correctly,...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Astrocade Pinball (1981)(Astrovision)[3005]
Topics: astrocade, pinball, bumpers, targets, kicker, flippers, playing, ball, points, flipper, point...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Artillery Duel (1982)(Astrovision)[5005]
Topics: duel, artillery, button, wind, terrain, gun, mph, game, busch, barrel, artillery duel, barrel angle
Bally Astrocade Manual: Music Maker I (1981)(Astrovision)[4003]
Topics: busch, product, consequential, warranty, favorite, anticipatory, warrantor, purchaser, suite,...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Baseball + Tennis + Hockey + Handball (1981)(Bally)[a][3001]
Topics: handball, baseball, controls, videocade, player, hockey, bat, team, figure, press
Bally Astrocade Manual: Dog Patch (1980)(Bally)[2010]
Topics: bally, patch, dog, arcade, controls, vicfcocqcfc, cans, videocade, professional, enter, dog patch
Bally Astrocade Manual: Space Fortress (1981)(Astrovision)[2012]
Topics: fortress, alien, fire, ship, kamikaze, intensity, space, enemy, points, game, space fortress,...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Conway's Game Of Life (198x)(Degler, Richard)
Topics: generation, births, cells, cursor, pixels, counter, pixel, cell, neighbors, patterns, live cell,...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Galactic Invasion (1981)(Astrovision)[2011]
Topics: galactic, alien, diving, invasion, base, busch, aliens, ships, rack, bases, galactic invasion,...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Bally Pin (1981)(Astrovision)[3005]
Topics: bally, bumpers, ball, targets, playing, kicker, points, pin, flippers, flipper, point bonus, left...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Astro Battle (1981)(Astrovision)[2009]
Topics: invaders, astro, battle, bases, score, game, trigger, points, awarded, busch, astro battle, hand...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Football (1981)(Bally)[Yellow Team Playbook]
Topics: pass, offense, playbook, team, vklcocckjc, yards, qoll, yellow, razz, official, yellow team, team...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Football (1981)(Astrovision)[3002]
Topics: ball, team, cornerbacks, controls, play, offense, trigger, defense, scoreboard, control, play...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Bally Professional Arcade - Fun and Brains (1978)(Bally)
Topics: bally, arcade, professional, keypad, antenna, game, knob, switch, checkmate, ohm, series number,...
Bally Astrocade Manual: 280 Zzzap + Dodgem (1981)(Astrovision)[2001]
Topics: dodgem, zzzap, enter, game, speed, keypad, trigger, race, race time, speedometer, hand control,...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Grand Prix + Demolition Derby (1981)(Astrovision)[2014]
Topics: prix, race, demolition, grand, joystick, game, derby, trigger, grand prix, knob, demolition derby,...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Dog Patch (1980)(Astrovision)[2010]
Topics: patch, player, trigger, score, busch, dog, skeet, cans, game, center, dog patch, hand control
Bally Astrocade Manual: Star Battle (1981)(Astrovision)[2005]
Topics: star, enemy, ship, game, score, ships, player, battle, trigger, busch, star battle, star ship, star...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Red Baron + Panzer Attack (1981)(Astrovision)[2003]
Topics: panzer, trigger, enemy, baron, score, game, enter, tank, pull, attack, panzer attack, push forward,...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Amazing Maze + Tic-Tac-Toe (1981)(Astrovision)[5001]
Topics: maze, busch, product, amazing, warranty, anticipatory, purchaser, consequential, tional, warrantor
Bally Astrocade Manual: Brickyard + Clowns (1981)(Astrovision)[2004]
Topics: brickyard, ball, clowns, points, game, colored, paddle, bricks, clown, balloons, hand control, ball...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Blackjack + Poker + Acey-Duecy (1981)(Astrovision)[5002]
Topics: trigger, cards, pull, hand, game, knob, player, bet, players, joystick, control functions, card...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Seawolf + Missile (1981)(Astrovision)[2002]
Topics: missile, seawolf, game, trigger, enemy, seconds, enter, points, launcher, submarine, hand control,...
Bally Astrocade Manual: Football (1981)(Bally)[3002]
Bally Astrocade Manual: Speed Math + Bingo Math (1981)(Bally)[4001]
Bally Astrocade Manual: Star Battle (1981)(Bally)[2005]
Bally Astrocade Manual: Space Invaders (1981)(Bally)[2008]
Bally Astrocade Manual: Castle of Horror (1981)(Wavemakers)
Bally Astrocade Manual: Slot Machine + Perversion X (1981)(Wavemakers)
Bally Astrocade Manual: Pack-Rat (1981)(Wavemakers)
Bally Astrocade Manual: Character Analysis (1982)(Wavemakers)
Bally Astrocade Manual: Missile Attack (1982)(Spectre Systems)
Bally Astrocade Manual: Football (1981)(Bally)[Blue Team Playbook]
Bally Astrocade Manual: Dungeons of Dracula (1982)(Wavemakers)
Bally Astrocade Manual: Astro Battle (1981)(Bally)[2009]
Bally Astrocade Manual: Computer Warm-Up Instruction (1977)(Bally)
Bally Astrocade Manual: Letter Match + Spell n Score + Crosswords (1981)(Bally)[4002]
Bally Astrocade Manual: ICBM Attack (1982)(Spectre Software)
Bally Astrocade Manual: Bally Pin (1981)(Bally)[3005]
Bally Astrocade Manual: LT (1982)(Wavemakers)
Bally Astrocade Manual: Monkey Jump (1982)(Wavemakers)
Bally Astrocade Manual: Bally Limited Warranty Card (1977)(Bally)
Bally Astrocade Manual: Seawolf + Missile (1981)(Bally)[2002]
Bally Astrocade Manual: Gate Escape, The (1983)(Wavemakers)
Bally Astrocade Manual: Collision Course (1982)(Wavemakers)
Bally Astrocade Manual: Clue + Flying Ace (1982)(Wavemakers)